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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LUPITA

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She was born in Mexico City in Mexico, to Kenyan parents, and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. She graduated from the Yale School of Drama with a master's degree in acting and was still an unknown when she was cast in Steve McQueen's historical drama 12 Years A Slave as tortured cotton plantation slave Patsey.

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Her feature film debut has won her more than 20 awards so far, including the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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She appeared in fashion brand Miu Miu's Spring-Summer 2014 collection and joined cosmetics company Lancome as its new brand ambassador.

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She does not have another movie lined up yet, but according to the Los Angeles Times, she has reportedly signed with US talent agency Creative Artists Agency. She will be represented by Hylda Queally, who is considered one of the most powerful women in Hollywood and who also represents high-profile actresses such as Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz.

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She is said to be dating, since last September, 36-year-old Somalia-born rapper K'naan, who has two sons from a previous marriage.